Rocky Aoki Net Worth $80 Million
Japanese-American wrestler and entrepreneur Rocky Aoki has an estimated net worth of $80 million. Mr. Aoki is in addition the creator of the Benihana chain of “Japanese Steakhouse” restaurants, entrepreneur and thrill seeker. Hiroaki Aoki was born on October 9, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. His first venture was when he joined the rock and roll band called Rowdy Sounds along with some of his friends. Yet, he eventually left music for athletics. Yet, he was expelled because of fighting. Mr. Aoki qualified for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome but didn’t compete. Mr. Aoki afterwards toured the United States and was undefeated in the 112-pound flyweight course in wrestling. Mr. Aoki went to Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts but transferred afterwards to CW Post College on Long Islands. When he moved to nyc, he won the United States flyweight title in three consecutive years — 1962, 1963 and 1964. In 1995, he was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In May 1964, Mr. Aoki found the first American Benihana restaurant which featured teppanyaki-style Japanese cooking. For the first six month, the Benihana business was quite slow. Yet, an enthusiastic review in the New York Herald Tribune brought passionate customers to his eatery. Due to the growing popularity, it became a fashionable eatery with regular customers for example Sean Connery, Lawrence Welk and Burk Bacharach. On May 15, 1966, Rocky started the second Benihana on Manhattan’s East Side. It afterwards started its division in Chicago in 1968 and in San Francisco (its first at West Coast) in 1969. Its popularity rose quickly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. This resulted in the development of the publicly-traded Benihana-Benihana, Inc. in 1987. Rocky Aoki can be an offshore powerboat racer along with the 1986 APBA world champion Powerboat throttle-man Errol Lanier. Mr. Lanier is a former Fort Lauderdale, Florida fireman who saved Aoki’s life in a near fatal powerboat crash in 1979 under the Golden Gate Bridge. Hiroaki Aoki is the father of Steve Aoki, an electro house musician, and Devon Aoki, an actress and model. Mr. Aoki expired on July 10, 2008 due to complications in health condition.